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Pritchett, John W.

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Pritchett, John W.
March 16, 2007 03:20PM
Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Volume I and Volume II, Lewis
Publishing Company, 1904, pp. 110-111. Christian Co.


John W. Pritchett, who is now living retired at Hopkinsville, is a
native of Hopkins county, Kentucky, having been born here January 19, 1825.
He is a member of one of the pioneer families of this locality. Benjamin
Pritchett, his father, was a native of Virginia, and when a small boy came
from the Old Dominion to Kentucky with his mother, her location being on a
farm in Hopkins county, where he was reared. For years he was engaged in
the hotel business in Caldwell and Hopkins counties. His first wife was
Mahala Berry. She was born and lived and died in Kentucky. The children
of this union were six in number, four sons and two daughters, viz.:
James, Mary, John W., Colby, America and Thomas W., and of this number John
W. is the only one living. His second wife, whose maiden name was Menerva
Bradly, bore him seven children, and by a third marriage he had two
John W. Pritchett at the age of nineteen left home and went to
Christian county, where he served an apprenticeship at the tanner's trade
with Harvey Harrison, his apprenticeship covering a period of three years
and his only compensation being his board. Then for three years more he
was in the employ of Mr. Harrison, and in 1850 he engaged in the tanner's
business on his own account, which he continued for about twenty-six years,
after which he retired and moved to Hopkinsville. His tannery was located
about seven miles northeast of this city.
On moving to Hopkinsville, Mr. Pritchett was engaged in the grocery
business for some seven or eight years, and then for three years dealt in
leaf tobacco, since when he has lived retired.
Mr. Pritchett married, in Christian county, in 1850, Miss Cora
Pennington, a native of this state and a daughter of Morton Pennington.
Mrs. Pritchett died January 13, 1897, leaving no children. Fraternally Mr.
Pritchett is identified with the Masonic order, and has had membership in
good standing in the same for forty years. He is a Democrat in politics
and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church.
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